Our Teachers

Valentina Pavlova (Principal)


Valentina Pavlova Valentina studied ballet for 8 years at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. After graduation in 1985 she worked as a principal ballet dancer at the Moscow Festival Theatre. In 1991 Valentina was invited by a prominent Russian choreographer Vladimir Vasiliev to join the State Kremlin Ballet of Russia as a soloist and principal dancer.

Her repertoire includes: Swan Lake, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Giselle, Don Quixote, Ruslan and Lyudmila, Napoleon Bonaparte, Tom Sawyer, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and The Walpurgis Night.

During her career, Valentina toured worldwide across Great Britain, Japan, Ireland, France, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Taiwan, China, Norway and Canary Islands.

Valentina has worked with prominent Russian choreographers like Yuri Grigorovich, Vladimir Vasiliev, Andrei Petrov and Marius Liepa.

Valentina has taught ballet classes for professionals when she worked in the Kremlin Ballet and in Moscow Ballet La Classique. Valentina also conducted rehearsals. She enjoys working with children, and has extensive experience teaching youngsters in Russia, Japan and Great Britain.

In 2004 Valentina choreographed a composition from ‘Swan Lake’ with students from Charles Campbell Secondary School.

Jessie McKinlay


Jessie McKinlay Bachelor of Dance Performance, 2004, Adelaide Centre for the Arts (ACArts)

Jessie worked with Melbourne company BalletLab in 2005 & 2006, and travelled with the company to perform in their work ‘Amplification’ in Romania & Bulgaria. In 2010 Jessie worked with Lucy Guerin and Tere O’Connor in a HotBed Residency, and with Luke George as part of Melbourne independent collective Phantom Limb on ‘Further Fantasy’. Jessie worked with Adelaide choreographer Daniel Jaber on ‘Degradation’, and ‘Scum’ and joined him in Malaysia on an AsiaLink Residency at Rimban Dahan, to perform in ‘WG Spiel’. In 2011 Jessie performed in the Melbourne Dance Festival DanceMASSIVE with Canadian dance theatre group Bluemouth Inc. in their work ‘Dance Marathon’. In 2012, Jessie performed in the Adelaide Festival in Leonard Bernsteins ‘MASS’ directed by Andy Packer, with choreography by Larissa McGowan. She was also a part of an inter-disciplinary arts residency in 2012 at Vitalstatistix Theatre Company, co-creating ‘Dance Hall’, directed by Sydney artists Jess Olivieri and Hayley Forward. In 2013 she performed in Alison Curries ‘Build. Hold. Destroy’ as part of the Adelaide Fringe Window World. In 2014 Jessie performed in the Adelaide Fringe Festival in ‘MONO’ by Melbourne company House of VnHoly.

Jessie spent time in New York doing an internship with Movement Research Centre in 2008, and in 2012 with Danspace Project. Jessie travelled back to New York in 2015 to partake in Movement Research’s MELT Festival, a 5 week intense series of workshops with Jeremy Nelson, KJ Holmes, Vicky Shick, Jimena Paz, Kyle DeCamp, Juliette Mapp, Barbara Mahler, Donna Uchizono, Darrell Jones,Yvonne Meir, RosAnne Spradlin, Hristoula Harakas, Steven Petronio, and Trisha Brown Dance Company.

Jessie choreographed her first dance work ‘Foxing Round a Story’ in 2010 for the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and was nominated for 2 Fringe Awards, including Best Dance. Jessie premiered her work ‘The Isabetta Project' for the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival, it won a Best Dance Award at the Weekly Fringe Awards, and the inSPACE Development Award. In 2017 Jessie had a Residency at the Adelaide Festival Centre, developing a new work as part of the inSPACE Development Program. In 2018 Jessie had a choreographic residency at LWDance Hub (Leigh Warren & Dancers), continuing her development of new work ‘A Supposed Truth’.

Olga Buglak


Olga Buglak Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach, Rhythmic Gymnastics Judge.

Olga has over 15 years experience in coaching Rhythmic Gymnastics. During this time she produced many Australian national and South Australia state champions. In 2019, Olga’s gymnasts were selected to be on the Australian national squad and therefore are eligible to represent Australia in international competitions. In 2014 and 2015, Olga and her gymnasts were selected to represent Australia in the New Zealand Tour. In 2016, Olga and her gymnasts took part in international competitions in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Olga also has experience in teaching and creating dance, including acrobatic, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and Russian/Ukrainian folk dance. Her creative work has been performed at Fringe Festivals, Gymnaestradas, Pacific School Games Opening Ceremony, South Australian and Australian Championships.

Olga’s coaching style is full of life and energy and your child is sure to have fun in her class whilst improving their coordination, flexibility, strengths, acrobatic and bodywork technique.

Aidan Kane Munn


Aidan Kane Munn Aidan Kane Munn is enjoying a diverse and successful career working with many fantastic people and outstanding artists. He has performed and created work for people through out Australia, Asia and Europe.

Aidan graduated from the Australian Ballet School in 1989, joining the Australian Dance Theatre in the following year. Aidan then went on to work with Leigh Warren and Dancers as a founding member, performing in many of their productions over the next decade.

During this time Aidan also worked as freelance performer and choreographer, positions include; Associate Director of Outlet Dance Youth Ensemble “Outrageous”, Associate Director for Urban Myths production “Project X”, performed and choreographed for the Paul Cox film “The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky” and choreographed for the South Australian independent Dance Collective.

Aidan was also involved in two self devised performance groups, “Da Whyze Guize” dance theatre with in the Jazz idiom performing regularly at the cargo club and cabaret venues around Adelaide. The second, Street Theatre Group “Buzz” a hip-hop circus, which performed regularly in Australian festivals as well as having two successful tours of the European Festival Circuit including Glastonbury Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In 2004 Aidan retired from performing and focused his attention on teaching dance and creating dance works. Aidan regularly teaches for SACE dance students, AC arts, Terry Simpson Studios, Tabor College, Flinders University, Ausdance, Kurruru indigenous youth arts centre and The Australian Dance Theatre.

Sophie Tzioumis


Sophie Tzioumis Sophie is a performing artist from Sydney. She started dancing at age 5, and has trained in jazz, musical theatre, hip hop and tap, with a special love for all things ballet and contemporary. She trained in both Cecchetti and RAD ballet techniques and performed as a part of the NSW Senior Contemporary Company and the Jason Winter 'The Movement' Contemporary Dance Company. Recently graduating from Brent Street's Musical Theatre Diploma in 2019, Sophie relocated to Adelaide, and is now studying a Bachelor of Musical Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium. She most recently appeared in Chess: The Musical at Her Majesty's Theatre in May. Sophie is excited to bring her knowledge and passion to her classes this year.

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